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Can Back Pain Be Prevented and Treated?

Back pain may be preventable, and there are steps that you can take each day to keep it at arm's length. Some common causes of back pain include the following:

Trauma - Often back pain stems from trauma, so avoiding situations where you are lifting heavy objects or at risk for an accident can go a long way towards reducing your chances of developing back pain.

Repetitive motion - Avoid repetitive motions, awkward postures, vibration and repeatedly coming into contact with hard or sharp objects.

Poor posture - A large amount of acute back pain stems from slouching; which desk jobs are notorious for encouraging. If you find yourself sitting for a large portion of the day, consider taking time to stretch and stand for periods of time. In fact, many workplaces are installing standing work stations for their employees that promote better posture and a healthier back. Also, examine the lumbar support of your furniture. Ergonomic furniture promotes good posture and keeps your spine from leaning too far forward or backward. It is also important that your chair be at a good height for your work surface, so you do not have to slouch or overextend in order to work.


Keeping your back healthy

Lifestyle changes are the back bone of a healthy spine and back, consider doing the following to reduce your risk of back pain:


Strengthen your core muscles

Strong core muscles including the "abs" are critical for reducing back pain. Indeed, the abdominal wall muscles splint the anterior section of our body between the rib cage and the pelvis providing much needed support to the spine in lifting the upper body. Regular core muscle strengthening exercises can go a long way in reducing low back pain.


Treating back pain

Treatment of back pain depends on the source of the pain and the amount of time since the pain was first noticed. Acute back pain can be treated with home remedies and often does not require a visit to the doctor. If the pain is not interfering with your daily life and is not affecting your ability to move, than there are steps you can take to reduce the pain you are experiencing.

If a physician determines that you have chronic back pain, other cutting-edge treatments may be explored.


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Last Reviewed: Mar 29, 2012

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Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University